brought balance to this year'sConsumer Electronics Show
with theRiding Assist self-leveling motorcycle
engineers reworked the front end of the pliant, compact frame of an NC 700, installing an evolution of the self-balancing system used on theHonda UNI-CUB
to createa bike that remains upright
without assistance from the rider. The Riding Assist didn't use gyroscopes; a new brain managed a steer-by-wire system and a few electric motors that turned the front wheel, changed the front-end geometry, and enabled an autonomous mode. For this month'sTokyo Motor Show
, Honda's bringing the next step in the tech: an electric version called the Riding Assist-e.
At the moment, we don't have any specs on the electric powertrain, but we do know that it's wholly separate from the robotic, self-leveling system. The under-seat electric motor likely sits above the battery, is cooled by a rear-mounted radiator, and is charged via a port on the left side of the bike. A driveshaft in the single-sided swingarm turns the rear wheel.
Segregating the Riding Assist-e electric propulsion from the electric balancing could be Honda making a statement about the self-balancing system's versatility. Taking up space only in the front end, the balancing mechanicals could serve in anymotorcycle
, with any powertrain, that has enough room up front. Using the NC 700 as a donor bike during CES was likely no accident, that two-wheeler specifically developed as a golden mean for new and returning motorcycle riders seeking an easy steed. As for where else self-balancing might suit big clientele, Honda PR said during CES that, "We're also thinking about if we could use this technology on big bikes like a Gold Wing." (Remember, theGold Wing
isexpected to get a media reveal
just before theTokyo Motor Show
We'll know more in a few weeks, and we'll have news on Honda's other Tokyo goodies like the Super Cub C125 concept, an anniversary Super Cub 110 celebrating production of 100 million Cubs, and a Monkey 125 concept.Related Video: